SYNDICALIST WORKERS FEDERATION ™ * Hp
British Section of the International Workers Association
History shows us that every time there's
a' slump' (the in word today is recession)
that the 'Employing Class' does two things.
One; It takes its profits and invests them in
any part of the World except their own count-
ry wherein those profits will make more money.
Two: It uses this period of economic stagnat-
ion to weaken the strength of the organised
'Working Class' . It is a case of no holds
barred for the Capitalist at times like
Through Parliamentary pressure groups
(both Labour and Conservative) they try to
bring in repressive anti-working class legis-
lation, Incomes Policies etc. but fight like
hell against any attempt to cut back distrib-
ution of profits and dividends. At one and
the same time Employers will invite Govern-
ment Loans, and try to cut the work-force.
The 'fortunate' workers who are still left
in employment are of course expected to bring
out the same production, if not more/
This policy of using the strength of the
Establishment against the entire working
class is reinforced at shop floor level by
an all out attack on militant sections or
individual militants of the work force.
Both these forms of action can be seen to
be operating at the moment. Heaths Governm-
ent had no difficulty in finding a Judge to
send the 'Shrewsbury Two* down to a stiff
and undeserved sentence. The right wing of
the Labour Party just as easily squashed an
attempt by left Labour members to have the
unjust conviction debated in Parliament.
The Trades Union leadership has both eyes
firmly fixed on the Company Directorships
which it expects to be theirs in the near
future as their reward for curbing the rank
and file union membership. Under the propos-
ed Worker participation Bill, Workers
Directors would be drawn from the ranks of
Union officials. One more boss whose main
task would be to discipline the workers for
DO YOU THINK THAT THEY WOULD ACCEPT A CAR
INSTEAD OF A REDUNDANCY PAYMENT?
the Employers. They will have a vested inter-
est in maintaining a docile membership. Some
Unions are already restructuring their organ-
isation to this end, One method is to make
an agreement with the Employers to deduct
Union contributions from wages which if the
practice becomes universal will mean that
Branch attendance will fall away to the ext-
ent where they can be abolished and thus
remove what little control the rank and file
has over the paid officials.
Top officials at the Treasury are doing
their utmost to sabotage the Worker Co-opera-
tive movement. Whilst British Leyland has no
difficulty in obtaining the money granted to
them. The Meriden Motorcycle Co-operative has
had their Export Credit Guarantee held up
while the Treasury obtain an up to date viab-
ilty report. If the go ahead is not given
soon the present agreement between Villiers,
the Unions concerned and the motorcycle work-
ers might well fall through.
At the Kirkby Co-operative the Government
cash is paid in quarterley instalments subject
to Government vetting. Pressure is already
being put on the Workers management to create
another hundred redundancies. The workforce
has already dropped from the original 1,200
to 850 employed at present.
For Syndicalists Ulster has become a
tradgedy. It is a tradgedy in the political,
economic, social sense but most of all, in
the loss of human lives. The bombings and
shootings of the sectarian divide are really
only a power game of those who pose as the
defenders and champions of the religious
communities. But have these self-styled lead-
ers any real support from the people of their
respective communities? At this late stage it
seems very unlikely. What the mass of people
really crave for is an end to the killings.
We are informed by most left wing group-
ings that the struggles taking place in
Ulster are anti -imperialist . That the "Brits"
have to be kicked out and the six counties
become one with the rest of Eire. While this
maybe the nationalist dream of many in the
past, the political, the economic and even
the religious changes that have taken place
make this assumption a very doubtful one.
What the catholics of Ulster want is an end
to the discrimination practised against them
by the succesive protestant administrations.
Catholics were second class citizens when it
came to housing and jobs. While some may have
had a nationalist and religious yearning to
join catholic Eire, really it was the discr-
imination practiced against them that they
abhored. Anyway, why would anyone in their
right senses, want to join a nation state
which had itself failed to solve its own
economic problems and who's main export had
been for years its labour force. Even cathol-
ics ape reluctant to leave behind the econom-
ic benefits of Ulster rather than have the
lack of discrimination but the possible
poverty of the Papal state of Eire.
The same applies to the protestant members
of the community. Why should they have to
become a part of Eire? But the violence of
the I.R.A. and the U.V.F. has driven a wedge
between the two communities. Both of these
organisations have thrived on the death and
destruction they have caused.
What the catholics needed was not death
and destruction, but civil rights. It was the
starting of this campaign which really had a
good chance of success. It did not divide the
communities but tried, with some success to
bring together all who were discriminated
against, the working class of Ulster. For the
protestant worker his only consolation was
that he was marginally better off than his
catholic counterpart. But while this might
have been so, Ulster has for years suffered
under the discrimination meted out by gover-
nments at Westminster. Ulster has always been
one of the worst areas of the United Kingdom
for unemployment. So while the working class
oi 'Jlster were religiously divided, the
employers and the politicians had it all
their own way. The violence of the bigots
were concerned with outdated political form-
ulas than with improving the social and
economic position of the people of Ulster.
Whether the struggle will return to the grass
roots, with people taking an active part
remains to be seen. But the bullet and bomb
battle will not give power to the people.
It will mean yet another solution of leaders
with both the religious and political scound-
rels scrambling to power. That will be an
imposed solution under which the exploitation
of the working class will continue.
We are always hearing in the Tory press
and on the television that workers wage dem-
ands are responsible for inflation "Sometim-
es one would think that Britain is the only
country in the world to suffer from this
Let's look at one country abroard which has
suffered massive inflation, Uruguay. The
military took power 18 months ago. Last year
was disastrous for the Uruguayan economy, the
prospects for this year look no better. The
trade deficit was 120 million dollars, an
increase of 80% over 1973. Inflation was runn-
ing at 100% last year, while wages rose by
40%. The commercial activity of the country is
at a very low level, due to the cut in purch-
asing power. Workers wages now bearly cover
food and rent.
Unemployment has rocketed, emigration has
soared. It is estimated that up to 500,000
have left during the last few years. Many of
these are the skilled workers and technicians
All this has taken place in a country were
the Labour Movement has been smashed. There
are over 4,000 political prisoners in the
jails. The army can crush the left, but can't
The lessons we can draw from this situation
are obvious. Unions and wage demands do not
cause inflation. In fact, wage demands are an
effect of inflation.
This is something we should remember when
we hear the muttering of the privileged, and
the usual right-wing talk of the unions ruin-
ing the economy. The army may be able to make
the railways run on time but they can't beat
inflation, even if they forcibly suppress the
unions and make thousands unemployed
At a meeting held at Jubillee Hall,
Dukinfield on the 4th. Feb. 250 Workers from
the refuse departments of the newly created
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Nr. Manchester
turned down a works study scheme.
The scheme was incorporated into a plan
to merge the old municipal departments and
create a common wage structure.
The meeting was at first rigged to intimi-
date workers, anyone wishing to question the
management, after they have put their case,
had first to quote their name and dept. This
was later dropped after prostest.
It was them the turn of the local officials
of the G.M.W.U. and as they usually work hand
in glove with the local Labour councillors,
they seemed if anything, more in favour of'
the scheme than the management. They first
tried to bludgeon workers into accepting the
scheme by threatening the dire consequences.
As the meeting progressed and the officials
sensed the mood of the meeting was against
them they tried to stall on the vote but the
workers were adamant and the vote was carried
249 for and 1 against.
The reason for work study is to increase
efficiency so as to cut costs.
But the main cost in emptying bins is man-
power and, as refuse workers can't increase
production i.e. there is only a fixed amount
of bins to empty, that leaves only one
alternative, redundancy .
Everyone knows bin men knock off early if
they really rush through their round. The
task of work study is to keep them rushing
through their rounds but no knocking of early,
sack the surplus labour and bribe the rest
off with a bit of extra bonus. The bonus
would probably be lost to inflation in a year
or so, but the Friday afternoon off, gone
Now if we look in the gutter press we
sometimes read of a tory hacks writing 'its
time we put these unemployed louts to work
cleaning up the city'.
As someone once said, "you can fool some
of the people some of the time"
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A call for assembly line product-
ion to be ended has been made in a
report recently submitted to an int-
ernational trade union conference on
working conditions in the motor ind-
The report was drawn up by trade
unions from Britian, Finland and
Czechoslovakia. It states that unions
should fight for the eventual abolit-
ion of assembly line production.
The report also suggests tnat
there should be more breaks during
shifts, and that there should be rot-
ation of jobs between the workers.
The Boss class wants a contented
working class, job alienation with
xts symptoms-absenteeism and the
high turnover in labour have a neg-
ative v effect on profits. The produ-
ctivity rates are lowered when new
workers must be trained often, and a
whole hierachy of supervisors are
required to check and recheck the
quality of the products. However,
managements have always been concer-
ned about conditions that hamper pr-
oductivity, why is management^ acting
on these problems now, and why in
The union bureaucracies work hand
in glove with the bosses, the offic-
ials want a quiet life just a s much
as the captians of industry. Alien-
ation leads to wildcat strikes,
just as it does to absenteeism. The
full time negotiators shares the out-
look in many ways to those of the
The managers interest in profitab-
ility, in these days of increased
foreign competition and inflation,
fits in quite well with the unions
leadership interest in a strike-free
life. In response to this crisis,
management must look for ways to cut
costs in production, because after a
certain point it becomes more diffi-
cult to pass on increased costs to
CONT'D ON PAGE 8
As a reader (& seller) of D/A
I was interested in your article about the
nu.^rs and shit. Very Good, now lets answer
some questions for you.
First my credentials I came to the pit at
the late age of 17 (I tried longer but with no
™° re su ccess to get a job outside the mines
than most lads in a pit village). To Wardley
Colliery, Co. Durham were my father and grand
father had toiled the bulk of their lives. For
one and a half years I crossed and recrossed
Wardleys ancient faces and gates (tunnels to
you) in my efforts as a face lineslad. Working
with the surveyors I discovered on my own that
the pit was being deliberately 'run out' i e
worked away from new and old coal reserves
which would extend the life of our colliery
When it was officially announced that Ward-
ley (known as Little Moscow in the 20' s and
30 s along with the more Westerway ChopweU
Colliery) was closing 1 took advantage of the
N.c B s transfer scheme and was shipped of to
Yorkshire to Hatfield Colliery; next to the
il°T h^h P J t " ° f Th ° rne (With coal r — ves
to the Humber) .
With the exception of six months on the
murdering pit bottom of Hatfield and about 17
months at the soul destroying Ruskin College
Oxford I have been a coal face worker of one'
type or another for about 9 years. In answer
to the questions.
There are NO TOILETS of any description down
the pit which means that say 1700 men shit and
piss down the mine, in and around were they
work. On the surface, which is rather like a
very bad factory chemical toilets exist for
which very ill and sickly and old miners get
paid the princely extra payment of 8p. per day
for emptying them. y
At the bottom of the shaft (the Hole to you)
the pit bottom lads shit on a sheet of news-
paper, then wrap it up and dump it into a tub
waggon) going out of the mine, they piss into
-he sump (or where the water gathers under-
neath the resting place of the cage at the
bottom of the 'hole* or shaft.
The Material lads; blokes 'who cart waggons
full of wooden & iron props, girders & supp-
orts inbye' to the face have to shit in the
gates i.e. tunnels through which they will
travel everyday. A modification is to shit like
the pit bottom workers and throw it into the
empty tubs, (if they can wait that long) after
they have unloaded the waggons.
The material gate through which all men
travel who are taking in supplies, tools etc,
is the worst environment in terms of shit. -
About half the men who work on the face
travel through the material (or tail) gate.
Workers who are laying new road, or 'back
ripping' i.e. repairing the damage to the tail
gate are forced to shit in the roadways were
they must walk each day. To sit down 'anywhere'
m the tail gate is to tempt fate and cover
yourself with someone elses (or your own) shit.
To the excretia might also be added your own
vomit in response to the former.
The tail gate * rippers ' toil at one of the
ends of the coal face, advancing the tunnels
or gates. These men, again shit in the road-
ways through which they must pass Tor the leng-
th of life of that face (often years). Some
other tail gate rippers can shit on a sheet of
paper and throw it on the face conveyor (the
moving chain or belt which takes the coal away)
This is wicked for the fitters who have to
repair the belt or chain when it is broken (the
shit gets spread all over the chain or belt)
and have to handle the pieces of equipment
covered in shit.
Along the possible 200 or more yards of the
face the workers shit were they are or again
fling it on the chain.
In the Loader or Main gate, the rippers
advancing the main or belt tunnel shit on pap-
er (if they have any if not on a shovel) and
throw it on the belt carrying the coal, again
the shit gets spread all over the belt and in'
the machinery of that converyor.
That is general but if there is no paper
or conveyor in which to dump your shit then you
shit where you are where you work.
By the way if there is water which their
often is and a man shits in a corner, germs
are transmitted by the water back to the skins
of the men kneeling or lying in water. This
gives rise to a horrible illness called
'MINERS WORM'. It is the penetration of germs
into the flesh and muscle of the man by creat-
ures carried in the water. It has a medical
name but I can't remember it, I do know that
this ailment is found only in two places coal
mines and the African bush.
All the best Dave Douglass
Hatfield Main Branch N.U.M.
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Some thirty years ago the charnel houses
of Nazi Germany were coming to an end. The •
world was sickened by the news of their exist-
ence. The monsters who had created these
places were soon to be dispersed, some to
stand trial before the War Crimes Commision.
However v/hile one curtain was being rung
down another was being raised. This revealed
a new monster who was certainly not a nazi ,
but kind to children and animals. You'll
find him in all walks of life, amomg scient-
ists, managing directors, technicians.
"At the close of the second World war
the number of chemicals blamed for
recorded occupational diseases was
about 50. Today there are estimated
to be some 600,000 chemicals in daily
use, and many have harmful (and some-
times little known) side effects".
"About 100,000 workers lose their
lives every year and another 1.5m
throughout the world are permantl)
disabled as a result of accidents
at work or occupational diseases".
FINANCIAL TIMES 28/1/75.
The Plastics and Petro-Chemical industr-
ies are a case in point. After the war they
rushed in to satisfy the consumers insatia-
ble demand for cheap but handsome looking
furnishings. The drabness of life had to be
relieved with a few luxuries.
Plastics surround us in the home, they're
under our feet, above *>ur heads. We sit on
them, dine off them, and go to bed on them.
Let us quote an expert on Fire Prevent-
ion "The surface spread of flame on polyth-
ene material is alarming. It" is so rapid
that a building becomes a blazing inferno
before the occupants can escape".
"One night in June last year a stream
running through the heart of Kirkby
(Liverpool) burst into flames 30ft
"The River Alt was found by an anal-
yst to contain arsenic, c/anide,
manganese, mercury and cadmium. He
said, "It is imperative that these
waters should be banned to all anim- 1
als and man".
KIRKBY BULLET IN. No . 1 .
Recently a whole family was suffocated
in their own home in the Sal ford area when
the sofa caught fire. So home is where you
can be gassed in luxury or fried in fancy
furnishings as luck would have it. The
Petrochemical industry have produced napalm
and incendiary bombs, but in our ignorance
we are making our homes into comfortable
The precautions that are taken to prevent
ignition during manufacture are not taken to
protect the lives of the workers, but to
protect the product. Once the profits have
been made, you the consumer can go to hell
and burn in your own home.
The Governments much heralded Housing
'package deal' has turned out to be a bribe
to the Builders and Building Societies It
takes the form of a guarantee of lunds for
new house mortgages, which the Government
hopes will set the trowels, hammers and saws
working away building the houses which the
people of Britian so desperately need. The
House Builders Federation, which represents
the majority of home builders in the country
states that until the unsold 40,000 Luxury
houses are off their hands, it is no deal
Most of these houses are in the South-East and
price wise range from £14,000 to £24,000.
Crosland has back pedalled on nearly all
his radical promises of 1974. Land National-
isation is to be introduced very slowly by
local authorities and is to be based on future
and not on present needs. This gives firms
like Northern Builders the green light to cash
in on their huge land holdings.
Meanwhile the big builders, Laings, Wimpey
Taylor Woodrow etc, can't be expected to take
a cut in profits. So what is Britians loss is
the oil-rich countries gain. All the big
builders are falling over themselves to win
huge housing contracts from Iran, Saudi Arabia
Cont . From Page 3 .
For years management has tried to
get workers to dd their job for them
to get the workers to discipline
themselves. Personnel management is
dedicated to search for ways to keep
workers highly motivated and produc-
"One of the very first require-
ments for a man who is fit to
handle pig iron as a regular
occupation is that he shall be
so stupid and phlegmatic that
he must more nearly resemble an
ox than any other type of anim-
Frederick W. Taylor: the origi-
nato^r of the assembly line sys-
F.w.. Tayior, through his now famous
time-motion studies, fostered the dev-
elopment of the assembly line. As we
all know the production process is
broken down into its smallest units,
thereby forcing workers to move as
quickly as possible, Taylor assumed
that work-people were stupid and psy-
chologically suited to dull repetit-
ive work. However boredom is not con-
ducive to a high quality of workman-
Much to managements dismay all
incentives do not yield the desired
results, whether its pension plans,
special gifts, piped music or paint-
ing the walls in attractive colours.
Nowadays, they have to try a dif-
ferent approach because of changes in
the. composition of the work-force. It
is increasingly affluent and has not
known hardships, it's younger and
much better educated than its parents.
Consequently, the bosses have to try
different methods to achieve a steady
growth in productivity.
These methods involves systematic
reorganisation of the work process, a
number of the features are as follows
that of autonomous work groups as in
the Volvo plant in Sweden, to quote
Mr. Gyllenhammer, president of the
Volvo. group of companies, "We want to
bring back the concept of proffessio-
nal and proud craftmanship working in
small workshops, even in our auto fa-
ctories". In the Gaines dog food
plant in Topeka Kansas, 70 workers
are divided into 6 teams, two teams a
shift. A processing team unloads and
then makes the product. The other
team packs and despatches. Within the
work group the group hierarchy is
broken down, supervisory levels are
done away with, except for a foreman
who does the task of the rest.
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Self government , team members dec-
ide work hours and work quotas, and
the team give each other information
on the quality of the work.
Under this heading, on an ideol-
ogical level we can put co-partner-
ship, industrial democracy in the
style of Wedgewood-Benn' s workers
Removal of the various outward
signs of status, to give the work-
ers a feeling of equality, the
symbols pf inferiority, such as
seperate canteens, lavatories and
After only a period of l8 months
of operation, the Topeka plant men-
tioned above had overheads that were
33/t> lower than plants in the same
line of business. The absentee rate
was 9>fe below the average.
According to reports in Trade
Journals the spirit of the place is
described as "every worker a manager".
This feeling of job control has
resulted in falling off in union
membership in some American plants.
It appears the the abandonment of
the assembly line has more than one
advantage for the bosses.
No doubt, this new turn in manage-
ment thinking will eventually find
its way to Britian. Perhaps Tolstoy
has the best discription of this
mentality when he say B , "I sit on a
man's back choking ham and making
him carry me and yet assure myself
and others that I am sorry for him
and wish to lighten his load by all
possible means - except by getting
off his back". 6
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SYNDICALIST WORKERS FEDERATION »o. 7
British Section of the International Workers Association
THE DAY MAY COME
The owning class are getting round their
present difficulties, as usual, by utilising
the dynamic and money of the workers. Falling
profits and loss making in industry has resul-
ted in the big banking and investment companies
cutting back on industrial investment. No
doubt the huge profits that were made in the
price explosion of the 7°-73 will keep them off
the bread line for a while.
Meanwhile British workers wealth, via taxat-
ion is being used to prop up loss making but
essential industries while their trade union
officials are being groomed for their new role
as Workers Directors, that of smoothing the
path for future redundancies and plant closures.
The restructured British Leyland management
board will include a number of trade union
nominees but will hot halt the encroachment of
the time and motion experts on workers rights
and job control which the rank and file car
workers have built up over 50 years of struggle.
This is not the first occasion that offic-
ials of the trades union movement have been
recruite-d into management as a way of recuper-
ating militancy. In 1947 when the 'Utilities'
Gas, Water and Electricity were nationalised
union officials became management overnight,
whilst new branch officials were recruited
from under foremen a notoriously time serving
class of worker. The resulting loss of milit-
ancy in these industries has taken 25 years to
Cont . On Page 8 ■
It is now at the time of writing 7/4/75.
thirteen weeks since the Glasgow dustcart dri-
vers went on strike to achieve parity of wages
with their counterparts in the private sector
of industry. In the interests of the so called
social contract between the labour government
and the trade union top brass the dustcart
drivers after being on strike last year agreed
to return to work with the promise of more
money. The Labour council broke its promise.
The dustmen reacted by once more withdrawing
their labour. Unfortunatly like most sections
of the working class these municipal workers
are divided and subdivided by their respective
unions. Consequently from the start they were
in a weak position. Their workmates, the bin-
men and maintainance men continued to work on.
Plastic bags were distributed to the general
public to contain refuse. However, in spite of
this the dustcart drivers were determined. But
the lackeys of the government were not idle.
The press and T.V. were mounting their propag-
anda campaign against the strikers. Day by day
the public were being spoon fed with the inev-
itable health hazaeds. The hypocrisy of it all
would make one vomit. As if the health hazards
in large cities like Glasgow are not forever
with us. Don't we have health hazards due ind-
ustrial pollution: to bad housing and lack of
proper sanitation, don't we have them especi-
ally among old people due to lack of fuel and
sufficient nourishment, don't we ha'9 the haz-
ards of disease in all our big cities due to
housing slums and industrial processes? We all
know the answer to that although ignored by
On the ninth week of the strike after the
anti -strike campaign had borne fruit the
Labour council had said that something drastic
must be done or soon the rats would be showing
their noses in daylight. The council called
upon the government to use troops to break the
strike but of course under the pretext that
this was to prevent a health hazard.
The council was right, the rats did show
thier noses. They forgot to say of course that
many of them would only have two legs.
The troops first went into. their strike
breaking action on the 18th. March and were
confronted by pickets. On Wednesday 19th.
pickets at the Dawsholm* incinerator were join-
ed by stewards from Rolls Royce Hillington and
from Yarrow of Scotstoun West. Engineers and
labourers at Polmadie refused to cooperate
with the army and left the incinerator station.
On Thursday 20th. maintainance engineers at
Dawsholm refused to cooperate with the troops.
In Partick, pickets were successful in disuad-
ing contractors from removing refuse from a
tip. Due to effective picketing and non-coper-
ation by workers at the incinerators the tr-
oops were forced to dump refuse on the fringes
of the city. The sad side of the matter was
that the binmen who incidentally are also en-
titled to more money; (they collect the rubb-
ish whilst the drivers remain seated in their
cabs) continued to work on and finally cooper-
ated with the troops. Trade union officials in
general identifying themselves to a greater or
lesser degree with Labour government policy
have been another impediment to gaining solid-
arity action much needed since the intervent-
ion of the troops. The strike now at time of
writing seems to be dying a natural death.
Maintainance workers are returning to work
and sadly to say the majority of other trade
unionists in Glasgow seem to be disinterested
and seem to have accepted the ballyhoo of the
Having said that there is one thing which
may shake Glasgow trade unionists from their
slumbers. And that is if the dustcart drivers
retain their determination now that council
drivers in Dundee, Gouroek, Greenock, Port
Glasgow and Bellshill decided to have a symp-
athetic strike. For in such a situation more
army personel would be necessary. Some M.P.'s
don't exactly think yiat its unlikely that
more troops may have to be used. To mention
just one Tory M.P. for Cathcart Glasgow seems
to think the army should extend its strike
breaking activity by intervening in Glasgow
corporations electricians wage dispute. The
electricians are on a similar dispute as the
dustmen. They want parity of wages with their
counterparts in private industry. If troops
are used in the above mentioned areas and agai-
nst the electricians surely other trade union-
ists must awaken and realize that troops are
most likely to be used against them when on
Cont on Page 7.
The recent London Docks strike which
ended without any apparent concession from the
Port Employers has nevertheless signalled a
major victory for the Dockers in their long
fight to obtain similar pay and conditions in
the Inland Container depots as the Dockers
have won in the actual port areas. The Govern-
ment is now committed to including previously
unregistered ports in the new "Dockers Charter'
as well as giving the Dockers union rights in
container depots up to 5 miles from the actual
port area. This will help to bring the "Lump"
situation in the smaller ports, in which
employers use gangs of casual labour who act
as scabs when employers move ships to their
ports during a dispute, to an end.
The Dockers action must be seen as a con-
sequence of the dwindling number of dock jobs
due to the rapid containerisation of ship
cargoes in recent years. As far back as 1970
firms such as Unigate had begun to close down
river wharves and open up container depots
further inland at which they employed non-
union labour at less than union rates. The
struggle is not yet over. In the Midlands
and elsewhere there are huge container depots
which have yet to agree to the dockers demand
for parity on pay and working conditions.
This is a principled struggle. The London
Dockers are fighting to protect their own
jobs and to improve the lot of their fellow
And the tanks will roll in the Red Square
and the Social Demoncratic politicians of the
Free World will stand hard hat in hand as the
regimented regiments of the working class ind-
ifference parade behind the national flags and
the prostituted trade union banners of a work-
ing- class militancy absent on parade. For it
is May Day and governments and Trade Union
bureacrats demand this show of loyalty from a
class they hate, despise or loath every other
day of the year. Yet comrades we must march
and always let our banners wave as the battle
flags of a united working class and let those
in authority who order these charades learn
that we march as free workers and i f we are
denied our protesting place in the ranks beh-
ind the ancient fluttering glories of the past
then let us go back to first principles and
chalk up our own crude banners. Do not be
downhearted if our numbers are few for we shall
triumph and be betrayed for it is the struggle
that will unite us for behind the Church Univ-
ersal is the Church Militant and behind and
before them is the Church Primitive and that
my comrades is our eternal and only battle
field for we are the companions of the left
hand of God. In 1833 Robert Owen appointed May
1st. as the begining of the millennium and
over a hundred years later Robert we are still
waiting but we are in good heart. In 1889 the
first Paris congress of the second Socialist
international decided May the first for the
innual international celebrations and give or
ake a world war that resoulution has been
The movers of the motion had intended that
we the workers should by Direct Action enforce
a holiday on May 1st. no matter what day of
the week it fell on and in Europe our working
class comrades attempted a one day strike and
the Establishment honoured them by ordering
the police to break up their marches and para-
des but governments learn slowly^ slowly and
by the simple Mchiavellian ploy of declaring
the day a public holiday thereby, as in nor.th
America, gelding the stallion of working class
defiance and or protest. In 1890 or 1892 acc-
ording to differing authorities London stood
in witness of its first Labour May Day demon-
stration but my comrades the craft unions and
the banners of the Superior Working Class dom-
inated the parade, for it was never a march.
Always absent was the unskilled casual wor-
kers yet it was the Bryant and May match girls,
starvation paid, ill used and of the British
untouchables whose strike in July 1888 was
responsible so wrote Engels, for 'the entire
avalanche to follow', of industrial warfare
between the proletarian working class and the
middle class employers. On the 13th. of August
1889 a small number of day labourers struck
work at the South West Indian Docks and Tillet
and Burns floated into leadership as the great
dock strike began and thousands of men marched
but remember comrades the first march saw 41
banners and ' some were no more . than red rags
on poles' .
Let us honour Ben Tillett as the 'Dockers
Leader' but always remember that when the
German anarchist Rudolf Rocker asked our Ben
what he thought of the mass of exploited and
rejected slum workers who were but factory
fodder for the crowded sweat shops Tillett
considered them beyond the pale and a threat
to 'honest labour' . "in times of revolution",
said Tillett, "it was from these quagmires of
degredation that the hyenas of the revolution
emerge. A socialist government would therefore
have to think of ways and means to get rid of
this scum, false pity for then would harm the
socialist cause". Ben was no mean prophet and
they called it National Socialism and the con-
centration camp and the gas chamber was to
sterilise the Corporate State of industrial
disharmony with a workers car, a neat frau
haunting mass produced brick homes or an ex
KGB boss for a trade union leadership gaffer,
a Hero of the Father Land medal for Time and
Motion beyond the call of duty and a place in
the official parade behind the latest rocket
launcher for those who conformed or surrend-
ered. Our place is in the ranks of the working
class my comrades but with those who are rej-
ected by a newly created working class merit-
ocracy. It is along side the Indian worker
struggling, as they had to struggle in the
home land that drove them out, for the right
to human dignity. The scrubbers, the claeners
Cont. On Page 8 .
One of the most profitable monopolies in
Britain is the London Rubber Company, the
makers of Durex. Recently they issued a High
Court writ against their competitor Surex Ltd.
This was to stop them using the sales slogan,
"why pay Durex prices?".
The cost to manufacture a packet of Three
Durex (Featherlite) is less than one old farth-
ing (.21 p.). However, by the time you buy them
over the counter, they cost 25p'. whoever is
prepared to sell them can get a rake off up to
15p. a packet.
The London Rubber Company doesn't do all
that bad either. Their cut works out at 4£p.
Of course they are sold by the million.
Some of the methods used by L.R.C. to reta-
in their dominant position in the market are
real sharp practices. They range from damaging
the machines of rivals to the setting up of
dummy organisations such as the Genetic Study,
which spreads propaganda against products made
by competitors. Another trick of the trade is
to by up the french letters of rival firms
from retailers and replace them with their own.
In a capitalist society everything that we
use is sold for a profit, all needs, all our
pleasures are gist to the mill. We are not '
arguing for fair competition are apologising
for the Monopolies Commission. What we want is
an end to the profit system. We want a society
were human needs and desires are satisfied for
their own sake, and not used to make a fortune
for the shareholders.
'Women: their oppression and their cause",
printed and published by
Socialist Union, 16 Abbeyfield Rd,
Dunscrof t ,
No price given.
"Now , woman is confronted with the nec-
essity of emancipating herself from emanci-
pation, if she really desires to be free,
.his may sound paradoxical, but is, never-
heless, only too true".
The Socialist Union describe themselves as
a small revolutionary socialist group of miners
engineers, labourers and housewives. They are
based in the north east and are developing
contacts nationally and with North America,
The Revolutionary Communist League. This pamp-
hlet was presented to state the views of the
Socialist Union on the oppression and struggle
of women. They felt this necessary as they had
failed to deal with it in their manifesto.
The pamphlet opens with an attack on the
feminist movements. They feel it necessary to
counter the feminists attitudes and pose a
socialist view point on the oppression of wom-
en within the context of the class struggle.
Much of the socialist left are accused of cli-
nging to the petit-bourgeois notions of the
feminist and Womens Liberation Movenents, sol-
ely because they want to be seen to be support-
ing womens struggle. These people are "failing
in their duty as socialists". They are told
that they must "denounce these movements as
being middle class orientated and more concer-
ned with personal liberation and opportunity
and the belittling of the male sex than with
the plight of the millions of working class
women". (These middle classes are such a
problem, even in revolutionary movements! They
pop up everywhere like that Karl whats his
as second/ class citizens by society. No doubt
that society is sexless. This is seen in edu-
cation,' job opportunities as sex objects and
within marriage. On the other hand, men of
course are certainly not privileged, as capi-
talism represses the whole working class.
Women therefore are doubly exploited. Perhaps
that is why some feel the need of their own
Although the pamphlet states that women
should fight against their oppression, the
emphasis must be towards the struggle against
the capitalist system, which is the origin of
male dominance. The role of woman in the fam-
ily being a product of private property. Wom-
en it is said may make some gains under this
system but will never be really free from
oppression and inequality until it is overth-
rown. This is the reason, they feel that fem-
inists ideas must be "shown for what they are,
political cul-de-sacs which lead women away
from struggling against their real oppressor
the capitalist system". Praise is given for
the advances made by women in socialist nat-
ions i.e. "the fourteen worker states were
capitalism has already been defeated and re-
placed by socially and economically superior
systems based on the common ownership", etc.
No mention here of the abortion controversy in
The exploitation of women as cheap labour
is disgustful. This, it is explained, stems
from the idea that women are second class be-
ings, unequal to men both mentally and physic-
ally. Capitalism has used the existing bias
against women to boost profits. It seeks also
to divide the working class, men from women.
As far as workers organisations are concerned
we are told that one in every four trade union-
ists is a women, yet most full time union
officials are men. This of course is common in
all organisations within this male-dominated
In my opinion the main reason for this
pamphlet is to give a clear and striaght for-
ward analysis of society in Marxists terms.
This includes the oppression of women and what
they should do about it within the class
struggle. The suggested (albeit for them ref-
ormist) actions are similar to lots of those
put forward by the womens movement. The diff-
erence to me seems that here, women, especi-
ally those in key industries, are thought of
as fodder to help win the class struggle. Of
course taking over the economic control of
society is of prime importance- but people
are individuals. At the same time as fight-
ing for economic control of their lives, they
must be able to pursue freedom through their
own personal liberation. To do this they must
feel free to form separate organisations were
necessary. We all know the dangers of merely
changing the ownership of the means of prod-
I would like to say that although I think
women do need separate organisations I agrea
there maybe a danger of isolation. It seems
a good idea to get together as women politic-
ally e.g. London Womens Anarchist Group,
otherwise to ,find some time to spend with the
male dominated political groups.
Con t . From >age 2 .
Remember in 1973 the labour fakirs in Glas-
gow council called for troops to be used in
the fi remans strike? Despite this the firemen
were successful. Their type of work was just
too much for the troops.
Both Conservative and Labour governments
have quite a record for using the military and
the police and the judiciary which are the
blood and sinews of class rule. Quite a large
volume would be necessary to illustrate this
in full. So only the solidarity of rank and
file trade unionists can overcome the strike
breaking action of troops.
It must be remembered that in spite of the
use of troops trade union officials have virt-
ually turned a blind eye and the strike remains
The Glasgow dustmen are to have a mass
meeting in the Kingston Hall on Wednesday 9th.
The shop stewards committee are bitter
about having failed in a last attempt to per-
suade the corporation to have local negotiat-
ions on their £5 a week pay claim following
the failure to reach agreement at national
level. This is not surprising since the corp-
oration had promised to negotiate at local
level should talks at national level fail.
Subsequently the corporation violatea their
promise which is also not surprising to this
writer. The situation will be conveyed to the
men at their mass meeting on Wednesday.
And so the death knell has sounded:
Today Wednesday 9/4/75 at the mass meeting of
dustmen it was decided by an overwhelming maj-
ority to return to work on Monday 14th.
Dan Duffy of the strike committee stressed
that the corporation had played a disgusting
role in the whole affair. The men had decided
to end their strike on a recommendation by
Dan Duffy said that the men will have a
great deal of bitterness and disgust on retur-
ning to work. They will be returning with no
wage increase, no improved conditions, no
promise for the future.
The only condition they are asking for is
that the troops be moved out before they move
To say the men will be bitter is an under-
statment. For they have been stabbed in the
back by the official trade union movement. A
few initial lessons will have to be learned.
They will have to avoid constitutional black-
legging by some means or another. As a first
step to this they must start thinking about
obliterating trade union barriers, craft or
otherwise. The ideal would be to get organised
in one all embracing union of all municipal
workers without high paid officials. Even if
it means dual unionism starting from scratch.
And the old conventional methods of striking
may have to be given second thought. Instead
of going on the cobblestones new strike meth-
ods must be seriously considered. In this case
the old method of going on the street has
The official trede union movement has to be
thanked for that.
HOUNDS OFF OUR
Recently Jo Grimond has been (sic) saying
that local Councils are no good at running
their housing Departments. Anyhow Uncle Joes
solution is that Councils should either sell
their homes to their tenants or should hand
over the running of estates to tenants co-op-
His first solution is absurd simply because
few, if any, Council tenants will be able to
afford to make the neccessary mortgage repay-
ments or even to raise a mortgage. I remember,
from working in a council mortage department,
that to get a mortgage of about £8,000 a
person needed to be earning approximately £50
a week or more depending upon how his/her
income was made up, (i.e. overtime, bonus etc)
and don't forget that interest rates are now
higher by about 3% or 4% and house prices
have risen. Of course this is not taking into
consideration the present high unemployment
rate and the number of people laid off on a
3 day week or more.
Anyhow let us turn to Uncle Jo's second
solution,- the handing over of the running of
council estates to 'Tenants Co-operatives' .
On the face of it, it looks like a good idea
in fact I'm sure that tenants co-operatives
would be better at running their own estates-
after all they can't be run any worse than
they are now. Theres also the fact that coun-
cil tenants will have more control over their
Lets however examine what Uncle Jo means
by tenants co-operatives'. I get the impress-
ion that he means some sort of tame tenants
association that will work hand in hand with
the local council. In other words the council
collects the rent and in return the co-operat-
ive does the maintananee work on their estates
thus helping the council to spend less money
on its tenants for the privilage of spending
more money on their own repairs. Obviously
this is about as far away from people control-
ling their own streets as nationalisation is —
from Workers Control of industry.
Perhaps I'm wrong about Uncle Jo's intent-
ions in which case he won't mind if council
tenants refuse to pay rent or rates and genu-
inly control their own lives - or would he.
You don't need 3 guesses to know who will be
among the first to call for a return to 'law
and order', 'moderation' and the other catch
phrases used during the rent strikes against
the Housing Finance Act that the tories intro-
duced a few years back.
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By now most workers have come in contact or
conflict with work study engineers. When work
study was first introduced it was called time
and motion. But as is commom with the "unpleas-
ant realities of our working lives, different
terms are used to gloss them over. Being made
redundant is still the "sack, and work study is
still time and motion.
However, some of the mobile caretakers on
the Greater London Council wher faced with
these work study engineers have simply stayed
put. This action, or should it be called in-
action, has so far prevented further studies
being taken. After about an hour the work study
These mobile caretakers" covering three est-
ates in Battersea are objecting to being watc-
hed, or snooped upon. So far the action has
But the idea of the mobile caretakers was
the brain child of the work study engineers of
County Hall. In their drive for "efficiency"
their plans of re-organisation have meant a
r<etereoration in the up keep and cleanihess of
estates with a marked increase in vandlism.
When the mobile caretakers scheme was first
discussed, the work study engineers claimed
that the caretakers visiting an estate who
wasn't a resident would help to keep down
vandlism. The mobile caretakers would act and
appear as a kind of "policeforce" . Just the
opposite has happened. The personal contact
between tenant and caretaker has been lost.
The little complaints and repairs, like block-
ed sinks and drains etc, which the caretakers
took care of, are no longer done, except after
the inevitable delay by the maintainance gangs.
Nowdays the mobile caretaker turns up in
his truck with three or four men armed with
brooms and shovels to sweep up the yards and
maintain the rubbish chutes. Because they have
been work studied they rush round trying to
earn some bonus. As a result the estates are
far from clean.
As with so many aspects of our lives the
mobile caretaker scheme depersonalises relat-
ionships. The caretaker no longer belongs as
apart of an estate and does not snare its pro-
blems as he did when he lived there.
But as far as the work study engineers are
concerned, people are mere units of production
The caretakers on the G.L.C. have become to
the tenants faceless 'policemen'.
In their drive for so called efficiency the
work study engineers scheme has added to th*
vandlism that exists on G.L.C. estates. They've
also added to the fear that many of the older
Certainly everything was far from well on
the estates with resident caretakers. Some
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were good while others refused to help anyone
in need. But given the remoteness and the in-
human way tenants are treated by the G.L.C.
its understandable there is so much vandlism.
Huge estates exist, but without any play fac-
ilities for the children. When new estates are
built or modernised, the last thing the G.L.C.
think of including is a community centre for
tenants to use for social activities.
But as syndicalists have pointed out before,
we expect little or nothing from those in
authority, whether at work or from landlords.
People have to act for themselves and create
their own organisations to bring about improv-
ements and change to their daily lives.
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Cont. From Page 3.
yea all those forced to clean up society's
shit for the right to eat its leavings. And
my comrades, as they move up into the working
class world of shallow security they will
reject us but it is no matter for they have
no obligation to fight our battle but, nay
for as long as, Ben Tillett's 'scum' exist
these are our companions in battle with "no
more than red rags on poles" for our battle
flag and let our presence in the streets with
a single red rag mark Mdy Day as the day of
Cont . From Page 1 -
At the moment most union leaders are profess
ional executives who have got to the top throu-
gh a process of political infighting which
inevitably pervades the whole trade union str-
ucture resulting in a seperation of aims bet-
ween the officials of the union and their supp-
osed employers, the rank and file membership.
Syndicalists believe that the best way to build
up a union leadership which would truly reflect
the members needs is the adoption of a system
under which all officials are drawn from the
membership of the union itself, and in which
all' policy decisions are subject to a rank and
file endorsement mandate. The corrollary to
this of course is that the total union member-
ship involves itself in union ; activities . Only
when this comes into being shall we be on the
road to true social ownership.
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PAYAS YOU LEARN
Now that Britain has safely retained inside
the European big business league, British
workers have been told by the Gnomes of Zurich
as to what they can expect as their share of
the benefits to come from our continuing mem-
bership of the Common Market. The Bank of Int-
ernational Settlement has stated quite blunt-
ly that higher levels of unemployment plus a
real drop in our standard of living for a per-
iod of up td 10 years will be necessary be-
fore British industry will be competative with
the other members of the Market.
This prospect is causing no concern in the
boss class, the 1 re more worried about losing
some of their power and privilege if the Ind-
ustry Bill is passed in its original form.
They are also engaging in a quiet form of
assett stripping by distributing funds,
which should have been reinvested in their
own industry, as dividends to the sharehold-
Most of this money is finding its way into
the Building Societies. Although this has
eased the mortgage problems for some people
it has also caused house prices to start
rising again without any increase in the
number of houses being built. This swells the
profit of the investor without any effort on
their part but only at the expense of workers
jobs which are now being lost at the rate of :
2,000 each week.
When the time comes to re- f late a cheaper
Britain we may be sure that it will be the
workers who will be called on to pay the cost
through organisations such as the National
Development Board. Although it will be the
ordinary taxpayers money which pays the piper
it will once again be the industrialists and
share owners who will be calling out the only
tune they know. The ting-ting of a cash .regi-
If this state of affairs is not to go on
for ever the workers must prepare their own
permanent takeover bid. They already make
everything, they already pay for everything
The next and final step is to.idanage every-
THROUGH SYNDICALIST GLASSES
Some 20 odd years ago I read George Orwell s
fantasia "Animal Farm" in which he describes
how animals in an imaginary farm owned by an
imaginary farmer Brown grew disgusted with
their lot and revolt. They feel that they have
been exploited too long by humans and that if
they take over the farm they will have justi-
fyably got rid of a parasitical growth upon
their backs and earned a vindicative free acc-
ess to the means of life. The pigs are consid-
ered to be their leaders as some old pig had
been presumably endowed with great intellect
and two other pigs capable of assimilating its
teachings, although they had some diversity of
interpretations. One interpretation became
majority opinion and was carried. Hence a char-
ter was drawn up in keeping with this. The
principle.; accepted by the, animals were printed
and post for all to see on the farm. There
were qui _e a number of clauses which included
Four legs are good, two legs bad.
All animals are equal.
Orwell seems to try to convey in this writ-
ers opinion that the old pig was Karl Marx and
the other two pigs vieing for each others
views to be accepted were Stalin and Trotsky.
In other words it seems to be an analogy of
the Russian Revolution and counter-revolution.
Because as time goes on one pig leader is
forced out of the farm by the other due to un-
palatable expressions and due to acceptance by
the majority of animals to decisions taken by
the pigs rather than by general assembly of all
with the resulting unsavoury conclusions. Cont-
rol is usurped by an elite. The old charter in
time is modified month by month until it reads
entirely different from the original. For exam-
ple the principle of "all animals are equal"
finally reads "all animals are equal but some
are more equal than others".' Because "Animal
Farm" (so the theme continues) is surrounded
by other farms still in the hands of humans
some compromises have to be made and some neg-
otiations have to take place between the pigs
of "Animal Farm" and the humans of other farms.
The animals accept this. However, after a few
decades of compromises, temporary alliances,
=>ful co-exi stance and glaring deceit the
as als become strongly suspect. One evening
when the pigs are in conference with the humans
some curious animals decided to stealthily
creep up and have a peek through the windows of
the conference hall. They looked and then look-
ed at each other meaningfully, they could not
distinguish the pigs from the humans.
Now, when I observe the antics of some trade
«nion officials and politicians it is reminis-
cent of my reading of "Animal Farm" twenty odd
years ago which merely substantiated even then
my earlier convictions.
If one would read "Animal Farm" now and
observe whats going on in political and trade
union circles, similarities could hardly be
unnoticed. Just as the animals could not dist-
inguish between the pigs and humans in "Animal
Farm" it is difficult now to distinguish
between trade union officials and employers
and labour politicians and others.
Of course avowed syndicalists and anarch-
ists have been saying this for decades. They
have stated that this was the inevitable out-
come of adopting unsound principles: It's not
merely surplus value (or exploitation of the
worker) which as at the root of all our soc-
ial ills as socialist economists of the Marx-
ian school maintain. It is the accumulation
of surplus value (unpaid wages of the worker)
plus the fact that surplus value is able to
exist. And it is only able to exist through
the strong arm of the law. In other words the
legal sanction of exploitation by the state or
government is necessary for the continuance of
our class divided society. Government is still
the executive committee of the ruling class.
Therefore collaboration with government or
flirtation with political parties leads to
disaster for the working class. For the pres-
ent dear reader disregard theories and look
at facts: observe the antics of your 'leaders'
or should I say 'misleaders ' . ?
Hugh Scanlon, boss of the engineering union
in recent months instructed his members to
cross a picket line of electricians during an
Our same Hugh recently told the staff of
his union who were in dispute to return to
work before he would negotiate with them. It
is reported that our Hugh even vaulted a hedge
breaking the picket lines of his staff. Do
not the employers tell workers to return to
work in order to negotiate? Is this not remin-
iscent of the pigs and humans in "Animal Farm'.*
Chancellor of the Exchequer Dennis Healey
made it undisputably plain the other week that
the social contract between government and
unions means lower wages. He said, "it is for
better that more people should work even if it
means accepting lower wages on average than
that those lucky enough to keep their jobs
should scoop the pool while millions are liv-
ing on the dole. That is the meaning of the
social contract. Trade union leaders express
the same sentiments. "To break the social
contract", they say, "is to price yourself out
of a job". What do employers say? precisely
the same. A few weeks ago "our" prime minister
regarding the social contract stated that we
must now expect to do a fair days work for a
fair days pay: a good old fashioned conservat-
ive motto. Wedgy Benn, darling of the left
speaks of workers participation. Workers paci-
fication would perhaps be more appropriate for
Benn urges British Leyland workers to hold
back on wage demands. Michael Foot another
sweetheart of the left uses similar language:
He says, "wages should not be pressed to such
a degree that they would increase the risk of
Jack Jones of T.G.W.U. leader once called
the militant twin of Hugh Scanlon stated rec-
ently that there must be equal sacrifices. In
this case, some will be more 'unequal than
others: Odours of "Animal Farm".^ utf/ffi
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Black Cross. 13p. for a sample copy from :
83a Haverstock Hill, London N.W.3.
The mounds of uncollected rubbish which have
been piling up in British cities of late can
be seen as an obvious danger to public health.
Less obvious, is the terrible danger to which
the whole population is being increasingly ex-
posed as a result of the dumping of industrial
waste and the indiscriminate discharge of pol-
lutants into the atmosphere.
Most people are aware of the suffering caus-
ed by the disease, pneumoconiosis. Few however
are aware that the same disease is contracted
by quarry workers as well as miners. Cotton-
spinners, China clay and asbestos workers amo
amongst others. Asbestos workers also have a
high incidence of cancer.
Under modern industrial conditions, not only
the workers themselves, but their families as
well are exposed to toxic waste poisoning.
A few years ago, when the Avonmouth Lead
Smelter had to close down due to the atmospher-
ic pollution it had caused. Some children had
to be evacuated from the area until the level
of lead particles in the air had fallen. Con-
centrations of lead in childrens' bloodstreams
can cause cancer and mental retardation.
Nearly everone in Britain has had experience
of breathing in the pungent fumes which are ex-
pelled from the chimneys of chemical plants.
How many are aware of that poisonous substan-
ces from these fumes fall on to arable land
which in turn supplies our food , and reservoir
from which comes drinking water.
The water in Lake Superior has turned a
cloudy green over the last five years due to
pollution from a nearby asbestos plant. Pre-
viously the lake had had a reputation as a
supply of excellent drinking water for the
surrounding populace. The company which runs
the plant claims that it would cost them too
much to change their extraction process.
Meanwhile, the local people are being slowly
poisoned and their children run an increasing
risk of incurring cancer.
The recent death of a driver at Pitsea
waste tip in Essex highlights the dangers
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involved while handling toxic waste, jut the
industrial world deadly poisons mercury, arse-
nic, cyanide etc are being dumped into disused
mines and quarries or sunk into the sea.
Everyday industrial effluent seeps into our
rivers contaminating both natural life and
drinking water. Unless something is done to
reverse this process a large scale disaster
must inevitably occur. In lots of cases ind-
ustrial management deliberatley play down the
dangers involved. They have been known to
concel the true nature of loads from the driv-
ers concerned. They also resort to subterfuge
in order to obtain planning permission for
more Tips. Two executives of 'Redland Purle' .
which operates the Pitsea Tip recently joined
the "Northumberland Wildlife Trust" in order
to influence planning permission for a new
toxic waste tip in the North East.
Today management, local government and
trade unions bureaucracies work together on
many issues and very often the. ensuing relat-
ionships inhibit them from speakirg out on
issues such as has been outlined above. What
is needed to alter this situation is the
formation of local residents associations
which are not tied to the apron strings of
governmental satraps. When these associations
are strong and vociferous enough the peoples
needs will be taken into account, until then
we are all voting fodder in an increasingly
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fact that the press will have running
expenses (i ,e, paper and ink).
We are therefore asking you to dig
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DIRECT ACTION COLLECTIVE.
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Cde Marini has had his appeal for provisional
liberty turned down by the Court. Readers of
"Direct Action" will remember "that Marini is
serving a sentence of 12 years for defending
himself in an attack by the fascist thugs of
If we raise the demand of workers .control of
the means of production, we must also advocate
that we as tenants, raise the demand for the
taking over the estates and their organisation
by those who live on them
Tenants Take Over - By Colin Ward,
Published by Architechtural Press Ltd. £3.95p.
Approximatly a Third of us live in Council
housing. This usually means high rents, long
delays before repairs are carried out and arb-
itary rules set by a faceless bureaucracy (i.e.
no ball games, no pets, no repainting the out-
side etc.). What is more tenants are rarely
consulted about the details of improvement
schemes, if they exist at all. The result of
this is that many of the older, structurally
sound estates are becoming slums. To make
matters worse some of the newer - council estates
because of low standards of construction as
well as long delays before repairs are actually
done, are becoming slums within a few years of
An example of this is the Moss Side District
Centre of Manchester. Amongst other things this
estate is overrun with mice and <bugs which have
made their glomes in the cardboard and compre-
ssed straw internal walls. What is more there
have been many fires there, some of which have
occured in empty flats. The internal walls are
supposed to be fire resistant however it has
been known for building workers to- dispose of
off cuts of this stuff by burning them.
According to Colin Ward the way to stop this
downhill slide on the older soundly built est-
ates, is for tenants cooperatives to buy their
estates from the council and to run them for
themselves. The only problem I can see with
this is that Councils are not likely to sell
their estates to their tenants en mass. '
I do feel though that this is something that
tenants should fight for, if only because their
housing situation would be better. After all if
we don't fight for improvements in our situat
ion, as a class, (i.e. better wages, better
houses, shorter working week etc.) we will not
be fighting at all, which means that the bosses
will win by default.
Anyhow it is only through the day to day
struggle that people will realise the true nat-
ure of the bosses capitalist (and state capita-
Dave Thompson .
Millions of British trade unionists now
taking part in the last rounds of the present
wages fight will soon have to prepare them-
selves for a more important struggle that
of the right to work.
However, with exception of the last miners
strike all major wage settlement of the last
few years have been conditional on some form
of reduction of the workforce. The6e ; cond-
itions are often disguised or blurred by s
such terms as voluntary or phased out redun
dancy. Another of the bosses stratagems in
job mobility. This technique was behind the
recently settled strike of doorhangers at
Fords, Dagenham. The way it works is through
raising the job/a'n'cfputting the unneeded in
the labour pool. thus saving the firm from tak
ing on more workers to replace those who are
retireing,or more com ion ly those who have
An even stronger menace to the workers'
future is the acute shortage of jobs for the
school leavers. It is estimated that of the
500,000 school leavers this sum.ner, less than
100,000 will be in employment before the end
of the year. This state of affairs has largel;
come about because union negotiators have
been over eager to obtain the largest cash
settlements, and signed what have become blank
chegues for the employers to reduce their
pay-rolls, as and when it suits them. In the
same manner, workers have lost a number of
job privileges and conditions over the last
few years. Shorter meal breaks, and even in
some cases their elimination is one obvious
example. All these things put money in the
bosses pockets, at the expense of the workers
jobs, A short term cash settlement can never
make up for the erosion of job conditions
and the loss of jobs themselves.
While there can be no doubt that the amount
of unemployment will rise in the immediate
future. Trade unionists must take steps to
it from becoming a permanent feature of our
lives which could the debilitating slavery of
thirties in which whole families lost their
self-respect, and young people were forced to
leave their home environment, and prostitute
themselves in alien cities, and the armed
The step that the workers must take is that
of asserting rank and file control over the
dicisions of their union executives who at
the moment act very much like bosses themsel-
The Anarchist Weekly Paper.
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Lord George-Brown cost the "Screws of
the World" (22/6/75) two million of
its six million copies. Members of the
National Graphical Association stopped
work after they had demanded the to re-
ply to a front page article by the Lab-
our Lord. This demand was rejected by
The good Lord in his article said that
the paper was overmanned and , those who
he alleged were being carried o., the
'paypool' should be sacked.
We have heard a lot a in the past ,
about the 'freedom of speech'. It is
of course, always' their freedom in their
press. We, the workers, who print or broad
cast the propaganda are not considered
important enough to be given the chance
to reply when attacked!
Enoch Powell can appear on the TV in
millions of homes, without any reply
from the immigrants he attacks! but let
a handful of his opponents heckle him
at a meeting and the media screams ' If _. ;.
him have free speech' .
We must congratulate the members of
the N.G.A. on their fight to gain the
right to reply, and support them their
struggle. We hope that other workers in
the media will take a similar stand wher
others are attacked by the propaganda
THE HONEYMOON'S OVER
Manchester, the capital of the Great
Manufacturing Conurbation, up here in the
North West, welcomed Mr. Anthony Crossland,
Secretary for the Enviroment , M.P. and temp-
orary V I. P. on Friday the 9th. Msy, with
three ambushes, prepared and manned by NALGO,
the local government officers u:.ion.
This Minister of the Crown has made himself
very unpopular by sticking his nose into their
salary negotiations, So, with banners, carry-
ing strange costic devices waving at him from
all angles, he was welcomed on his arrival at
Piccadilly Station, once again at the Tovn
Hall in Albert Square, and finally at the
Abraham Moss Centre which he had been invited
to officially open.
After performing this arduous task the
City Fathers attended to this resuscitation
by entertaining him to a fine luncheon washed
down with vintage wines costing £6.50p. a
bottle. This little Civiv Nosh-up cost the
rate payers £1,000. His gurgling belly fully
filled he brightened every one up by giving
an hilariously funny speech.
"The Town Hall honeymoon period is over",
he cried, "No more money is available, but
that doesn't mean that any of the existing
services are going to be cut", he said, and
with dead-pan expression on his face he went
on, "You will have to do it with the same
number of pound notes".
With the value of the £ falling like a
stone off the top of a Municipal Housing
Tower Block, how on earth are our good Civic
Leaders going to avoid cuts in services? The
bitter humour of this speech is only to plain
to the Town Hall Clerk, who being a" respons-
ible citiren had settled last years salary
claim, through N.A.L.G 0. at 13%, well vithin
the famous Social Contract. Immediately after
N.U.P.E. gained a 14£% settlement. Not much
more I will agree, but when you consider that
many N.U.P.E. members can work overtime and
earn bonuses, which is denied the Town Hall
type, the settlement was worth quite a bit
more. This was followed by a settlement of
over 20% with the Teachers and then came the
super bite of the apple by the Civil Service
of 30% and this has been the story ever since.
After being called a "Blood Sucker" by the
Daily Express and the stone wall attitude by
the employers, no doubt prompted by the
government, the local government pen pusher
gets the feeling of being 'unloved', with a
strong suspicion that, once again he is going
to be taken for a ride. With the usual delaying
tactics and misleading statements, the negot
iations are going to drag on until the Autumn
Budget, when the Finance Boys in the City
expect "Silly Billy" Healey to slap on a Wage
Freeze. Then the Town Hall bodds will have to
accept consolidation of this threshold pay
plus a few bob, and scribble faster than ever,
because as his older colleagues retire, and
the migration to promotion takes place, fewer
replacements are going to be taken on.
Bye the way there is no truth in the
rumour that Anthony Crossland dined on corned
beef and chips. You don' t expect him to wash
that down with the juice of the noble grape
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Posters were put up in our classroom and the
■kids decided to produce a paper giving the
latest news on the Magnesium. They worked very
hard on it and wanted everyone else to see it.
It was pinned up in the school entrance hall.
I had one foot in the door, the next morning
when the deputy Head criticized me for a spel-
ling mistake in the headlines I
The previous evening the managers were in
the school , and one of them had read about the
occupation for the first time in the kids'
paper-for a local councillor he was very in
tune with local affairs'.
Now it's all over, people are saying that it
will never be the same again in the factory.
Eveii for the ones that have been there years,
ariu previously felt them selves "loyal". This
has been an experience which has given them
a new insight into their position as workers
and may be a view of the class struggle as a
whole. Anyway the kids are looking forward to
their back-pay in pocket money, and the money
for the various school outings will be coming
in with the first wage packet, after the week
-in-hand, and life goes on'.
THE SYNDICALIST WORKERS FEDERATION: seeks to
establish a free society which will render
impossible the growth of a privileged class
and the exploitation of man by man. The SWF
therefore advocates common o nership and
workers' control of the land, industry and all
means of production and distribution on the
basis of voluntary co operation. In such a
society, the wage system, finance and money
shall be abolished and goods produced and
distributed not for profit, but according to
human needs .
THE STATE: The State in all its forms, embody-
ing authority and privilege, is the enemy of
the workers and cannot exist in a free, class-
less society The SWF does iot therefore hope
to use the state to achieve a free society,
it does not seek to obtain seats in the Cabin-
et or in Parliament. It aims at the abolition
of the State It actively opposes all war and
CLASS STRUGGLE: The interests of the working
class and those of the ruling class are direc-
tly opposed. The SWF is based on the inevita-
ble day-to-day struggle of the workers again-
st those who own and control the means of
production and distribution, and will continue
that struggle until common ownership and work-
ers control are achieved.
DIRECT ACTION: Victory in the fight against
class domination can be achieved only by '
direct action and solidarity of the workers
themselves. The SWF rejects all Parliamentary
and similar activity as deflecting the workers
from the class struggle into paths of class
ORGANISATION: To achieve a free, classless
society the workers must organise. They must
replace the hundreds of craft and general
trade unions by syndicalist industrial unions.
As an immediate step to that end, the SWF aids
the formation of workers committees in all
factories, mines, offices, shipyards, mills
and other places of work and their development
into syndicates, federated nationally, Such
syndicates will be under direct rank and file
control, with all delegates subject to immed-
INTERNATIONALISM: The SWF, as a section of the
International Workers Association, stands firm
for international working class solidarity.
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